I seem to share some tastes with one of my favourite DJs Thomas Koch aka DJ T; as not only did he remix one of my favourite tracks to play out, the uber-classic DJ Le Roi feat. Roland Clarke, I Get Deep, for Get Physical‘s remix package in January this year, he’s also currently working on one of my down-time favourites, the beautiful Changed by Mario & Vidis, for release later in the year.
He’s been having a break in Hawaii pre-the craziness that begins with Miami Winter Music Festival in March (we’ll be seeing him at the Get Physical party as well as some of the Electric Pickle appearances), and he’s done a little mix while he’s there. The Mario & Vidis remix is 1hr 12 minutes into the mix; the man is so smooth it’s untrue – have a listen.
We’re about to go off on our Christmas hols, so today is a day of stocking up on new mixes to soundtrack journeys. Until normal service resumes in the New Year I thought I’d share with you a few to load your pods with.
Fur Coat grabbed my eye with their remix of Russ Yallop‘s The Crossroads, which became a staple for walking-listening and DJ sets over the Summer. Beautiful heavy bass under subtle soulful vocals. After delving further, I found a few records by Fur Coat that I just can’t live without.
The Venezuelan duo of Sergio Muñoz (Delete) and Israel Sunshine (who met after discovering they were neighbours in the town of Caracas, both already regularly DJing in the area separately) seem to have had a similar effect on Damien Lazarus, as after they sent him four demo tracks he’s signed the entire forthcoming album to Crosstown Rebels, beginning with the first EP Space Ballad. He’s even experimenting with the Fur Coat sound alongside a totally different genre altogether, asking Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to remix the title track, which Orlando Higginbottom did with relish – re-singing the vocals himself.
DJ T‘s much awaited third album The Pleasure Principle was sent from Get Physical last week and hit us like a giant house meteor. The success of the first track Burning, featuring Nick Maurer (one quarter of Greenskeepers with James Curd) and its Art Department remix was phenomenal (seemingly everything they touch turns to gold), and the album is a collaborative affair, featuring the likes of Jaw (dOP), and Dave Aju, which gives it the quirky Circus Company essence, coupled with the depth of a Get Physical release. Intense and deeply melodic, it traverses the boundary between club and afterparty.
Alongside the release, Thomas Koch (also previously editing German magazine Groove as well as co-managing Get Physical and being responsible for the opening of Frankfurt superclub Monza) is on a world tour all the way from April to December, starting with Miami and Berlin for album release parties and concentrating on Europe for the summer. Catch him at Fabric Saturday 2 April alongside Catz n Dogz, Heidi and M.A.N.D.Y.
In the mean time, here’s a little preview of The Pleasure Principle, which you can buy here.
01. Same Plane feat. Jaw & Ginger
02. Opera Buffa
03. Unconditional Love
04. Burning feat. Nick Maurer
05. Yesterday, Tomorrow feat. Dave Aju
06. Nothing Even Comes Close
07. City Life feat. Cari Golden
08. Sense feat. James Teej
09. Pattern Exit Drama
10. Leavin Me feat. Khan
11. Remember the Future feat. Jaw
DJ T (Thomas Koch), one of the great founders of the dynamic Get Physical label, has been locked on my CD player since the brilliant Fabric 51 dropped on my doormat back in March. I was therefore pretty happy when I found out that shortly after its release he appeared on John Digweed’sTransitions, laying down a slinky little guestmix with tracks from some of my favourite producers: Loco Dice, Matthew Dear, Seth Troxler and SIS. A smooth fifty-five minutes for a new week: